Tuesday 6 March 2007

Government seeks injunction against itself

In a dramatic move the attorney general last night obtained an injunction against the government preventing Tony Blair and his ministers from doing anything at all. At the late night hearing a high court judge agreed with the attorney's lawyers that it would not be in the public interest for the government to do or say anything about anything. The government opposed its own application arguing that it would be highly unusual for an injunction to be granted under those terms but the judge said that he was satisfied there was a substantial risk of serious prejudice to the general public if Mr Blair or any member of the cabinet carried out any policies whatsoever. The Treasury solicitor acting for the attorney said he was pleased to have won the case. "If anyone in the government does anything at all we would be breaching the order and we will be in contempt of court, so we are delighted."

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